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Man charged with 29 murders in N Ireland bomb

Northern Ireland has charged a man with 29 counts of murder in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst attack in decades of violence in the province, police said.

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Ukrainian PM tackles crisis in restive east

Arseniy Yatsenyuk says regions can have more powersUkraine's prime minister has told leaders in the country's restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers, after a 48-hour ultimatum given to pro-Russian separatists passed without progress in a crisis that threatens the country's unity.

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Pope seeks forgiveness over priests sex abuse

The Vatican announced in December the creation of a new group to help the Church fight the crisis [Reuters]Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for priests who molested children in some of his strongest words ever on the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis.

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Putin: Ukraine gas debt could affect Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged European leaders to quickly help Ukraine settle its gas debt to Russia, or possibly face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies flowing though Ukrainian pipelines to the continent.

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NATO mulls US troops in eastern Europe

NATO's chief military commander in Europe has suggested deploying American troops to alliance member states in eastern Europe as a countermove to the Russian military threat against Ukraine.

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Italy sounds alarm as 4,000 immigrants land

Italy said that 4,000 immigrants have reached its shores by boat in the past two days - the highest number since it launched a naval operation to rescue them at sea in the wake of two shipwrecks last year.

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Pro-Russian separatists reject Kiev's amnesty

Ukraine's government has warned it will storm besieged state buildings if separatists do not leave by day's endPro-Russian separatists, who have besieged a number of government buildings in Ukraine's eastern districts, have turned down an amnesty offer handed by the government, stocking fear that a 48-hour ultimatum may end with violence.

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Bomb explodes outside Greece's central bank

Police said an anonymous caller left a warning about the bomb 45 minutes before it exploded [Reuters]A car bomb has gone off outside a Bank of Greece building in central Athens, smashing windows in nearby shops but causing no injuries, police and witnesses say.

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Greeks go on strike ahead of Merkel visit

Greek labour unions are staging a nationwide strike to protest against austerity policies imposed on the country by its foreign creditors, including Germany, whose chancellor, Angela Merkel, will visit Athens this week.

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Spain rejects Catalan push for independence

Catalonia's president has vowed to press ahead with a bid for independence from Spain after the national parliament rejected his request for a referendum.

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